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ΓΗΕ LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA

FEDERAL PRESIDENT: MR. R.J. SOUTHEY. C.M.G. DIRECTOR:

MR. B.G. HARTCHER, O.B.E.

FEDERAL SECRETARIAT

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F r o m T he Horn M alcolm F r a s e r , M ,P . O pposition Spokesm an on L ab o u r and Im m ig ra tio n . I&1

The O pposition Spokesm an on L ab o u r, M r. M alcolm F r a s e r , sa id tonight th at the fig iire s of in d u s tria l u n re s t ju s t re le a s e d by the B u re a u of C en su s and

S ta tis tic s ih o w th a t the w ages and m an -d a y s lo s t in th e f i r s t six m onths of th is

c a le n d a r y e a r a re n e a rly double th o se fo r the f i r s t six m onths of the l a s t c a le n d a r

y e a r, in d icatin g th a t the G o v ern m en t h a s b ro k en y e t a n o th e r e le c tio n p ro m is e .

"T h e G o v ern m en t, b e c a u se of its c lo se a sso c ia tio n .w ith th e union m ovem ent, p ro m is e d in d u s tria l p e a c e ,11 he s a id .

" T h e ir only a ch iev em en t h a s b een to double th e w ages lo s t by em p lo y ees, a fig u re which is now running a t a r a te of n e a rly $50 m illio n p e r y e a r . "

M r. F r a s e r sa id th a t the G o v ern m en t m u st show m o re in itia tiv e in re d u c in g in d u s tria l u n re s t. U nless e v e ry A u s tra lia n w o rk e r is to be p e n alised , the

G o v e rn m e n t m u st se e k t o e s ta b lis h a situ a tio n in w hich in d u s tria l n eg o tiatio n s a re c a r r ie d out in th e s p ir it of n eg o tiatio n and not u n d e r d u re s s ,

"T h at w ill not o c c u r u n le ss the G o v ern m en t is p re p a re d to stan d up to the

C a rm ic h a e ls , the H alfpennys and the M undeys, " he s a id , " it is no ex cu se to

sa y th a t th e G o v e rn m e n t's le g is la tio n in th e autum n w as defeated and to b lam e th e situ a tio n on th at d e fe a t. T h at le g is la tio n w as p a rtis a n and o n e -sid e d . T h is h a s b een re c o g n ise d by th e fa c ts th a t the G o v ern m en t h a s sp lit its in d u s tria l le g isla tio n into two b ills and it h a s ru n aw ay fro m a double d isso lu tio n

o v e r in d u s tria l re la tio n s is s u e s . "

M r. F r a s e r sa id th a t th e se new fig u re s on w ages and tim e lo s t in d ic a te the

b e tra y a l by the G o v ern m en t of the a v e ra g e A u s tra lia n w o rk e r and th e a c c ep tan c e of a d e g re e of in d u s tria l u n re s t w hich is only su p p o rte d by e x tre m is ts in the

union m ovem ent.

"It is a u n re s t which is paid fo r by th e w eekly w ages of thousands of w o rk e rs

and by in c re a s e d in fla tio n , " he s a id .

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JM F :FS:27 SEPTEM B ER 5, 1973